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surname, literally "John's (child);" see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.


n. 1 (context US slang now rare English) heroin. 2 (context US slang English) An addiction or intense craving. vb. (context US slang English) Have an intense craving.

Jones, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 2517
Housing Units (2000): 986
Land area (2000): 13.661915 sq. miles (35.384195 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.004990 sq. miles (0.012924 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 13.666905 sq. miles (35.397119 sq. km)
FIPS code: 38350
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 35.564510 N, 97.290860 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 73049
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Jones, OK
Jones -- U.S. County in Georgia
Population (2000): 23639
Housing Units (2000): 9272
Land area (2000): 393.746893 sq. miles (1019.799727 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.642573 sq. miles (4.254244 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 395.389466 sq. miles (1024.053971 sq. km)
Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 32.987856 N, 83.539745 W
Jones, GA
Jones County
Jones County, GA
Jones -- U.S. County in Iowa
Population (2000): 20221
Housing Units (2000): 8126
Land area (2000): 575.308479 sq. miles (1490.042057 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.391636 sq. miles (3.604321 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 576.700115 sq. miles (1493.646378 sq. km)
Located within: Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
Location: 42.119996 N, 91.162116 W
Jones, IA
Jones County
Jones County, IA
Jones -- U.S. County in Mississippi
Population (2000): 64958
Housing Units (2000): 26921
Land area (2000): 693.815489 sq. miles (1796.973790 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 5.913515 sq. miles (15.315933 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 699.729004 sq. miles (1812.289723 sq. km)
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 31.652274 N, 89.173780 W
Jones, MS
Jones County
Jones County, MS
Jones -- U.S. County in North Carolina
Population (2000): 10381
Housing Units (2000): 4679
Land area (2000): 471.877782 sq. miles (1222.157794 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.442429 sq. miles (3.735873 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 473.320211 sq. miles (1225.893667 sq. km)
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 35.039018 N, 77.378926 W
Jones, NC
Jones County
Jones County, NC
Jones -- U.S. County in Texas
Population (2000): 20785
Housing Units (2000): 7236
Land area (2000): 930.992598 sq. miles (2411.259657 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 6.136802 sq. miles (15.894244 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 937.129400 sq. miles (2427.153901 sq. km)
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 32.787722 N, 99.912391 W
Jones, TX
Jones County
Jones County, TX
Jones -- U.S. County in South Dakota
Population (2000): 1193
Housing Units (2000): 614
Land area (2000): 970.520375 sq. miles (2513.636125 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.137219 sq. miles (2.945383 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 971.657594 sq. miles (2516.581508 sq. km)
Located within: South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
Location: 43.951767 N, 100.686231 W
Jones, SD
Jones County
Jones County, SD

Jones may refer to:

  • Jones (surname), a common Anglo-Welsh surname
    • List of people with surname Jones
  • Jones calculus, a description of polarization in optics
  • Jones Convenience Stores, a chain of shops based in Westfield, Somerset
  • Jones (Animal Farm), a human character in George Orwell's novel Animal Farm
  • "Jones" (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), an episode of the TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Jones!, a New Zealand television channel
  • Jones Bootmaker, a UK-based footwear retailer
  • Jones Soda, a brand of soda pop
  • Jones Sewing Machine Company, a UK sewing-machine manufacturer acquired in 1968 by Brother Industries
  • Jones, the unit of specific detectivity
  • Jones, or jonesing, slang for addiction
Jones (Animal Farm)

Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is a fictional character in George Orwell's allegorical novel Animal Farm. Jones is an allegory for Tsar Nicholas II. Jones is overthrown by the animals of his farm, who represent Bolshevik and liberal revolutionaries.

Jones (surname)

Jones is a surname of English origins, meaning "John's son". It is most common in Wales and south central England. In Ireland the surname has been Gaelicized as MacSeoin. Similarly Jones could be an anglicised transcription of the Welsh patronym "Ap Sion" ("Ap" meaning "son of" as does the Gaelic "Mac"). The alliteration of the "pSi" in Welsh has as its nearest English sound "J". The absence of "J" in the Welsh alphabet may make this explanation more likely than "John's son" and practically identical to the Gaelic construct although the latter has not been anglicized for historic reasons.

Jones (Kent cricketer, fl.1740s)

Jones (first name and dates unknown) was an English cricketer who played for Hadlow and Kent during the 1740s.

Jones (crater)

Jones Crater is an impact crater in the Argyre quadrangle on Mars at 19.1°S and 19.9°W and is 94.0 km in diameter. Its name was approved in 1973, and it was named after Harold Spencer Jones.

Jones (Sussex cricketer)

Jones (full name and dates of birth and death unknown) was an English cricketer. Jones' batting style is unknown.

Jones made two first-class appearances for Sussex, both against England in 1832 and 1833. In the 1832 match at the Royal New Ground, Brighton, Jones was dismissed for 11 runs in Sussex's first-innings by Charles Harenc, while in their second-innings he was dismissed LBW for 11, though the bowler who took his wicket is not recorded. Sussex won the match by 5 wickets. In the 1833 match, which was also played at the Royal New Ground, he was dismissed for a duck in Sussex's first-innings, although once again the bowler who took his wicket is not recorded. In Sussex's second-innings, he was dismissed for 2 runs by Harenc, with England winning the match by 40 runs.

Usage examples of "jones".

No sooner had the squire swallowed a large draught than he renewed the discourse on Jones, and declared a resolution of going the next morning early to acquaint Mr.

She was no sooner gone than Jones, instead of animadverting on her behaviour, reflected that he was in the same bed which he was informed had held his dear Sophia.

Chapter 10 Showing the truth of many observations of Ovid, and of other more grave writers, who have proved beyond contradiction, that wine is often the forerunner of incontinency Jones retired from the company, in which we have seen him engaged, into the fields, where he intended to cool himself by a walk in the open air before he attended Mr.

For while Jones was examining his boy in whispers in an inner room, Partridge, who had no such delicacy in his disposition, was in the kitchen very openly catechising the other guide who had attended Mrs.

Jones at his lodgings, with some account of a young gentleman who lodged there, and of the mistress of the house, and her two daughters The next morning, as early as it was decent, Jones attended at Mrs.

While his majesty was thus discoursing with Jones, a sudden uproar arose in the barn, and as it seems upon this occasion:- the courtesy of these people had by degrees removed all the apprehensions of Partridge, and he was prevailed upon not only to stuff himself with their food, but to taste some of their liquors, which by degress entirely expelled all fear from his composition, and in its stead introduced much more agreeable sensations.

But whereas her mistress had, in the preface to her enquiry, spoken much in compassion for the fright which the lady had been in concerning any intended depredations on her virtue, Susan could not help endeavouring to quiet the concern which her mistress seemed to be under on that account, by swearing heartily she saw Jones leap out from her bed.

As soon as Western saw Jones, he set up the same holla as is used by sportsmen when their game is in view.

As we have said that this lady had a great affection for Jones, and as it must have appeared that she really had so, the reader may perhaps wonder at the first failure of her appointment, as she apprehended him to be confined by sickness, a season when friendship seems most to require such visits.

Molly, beside her present unhappy condition, was differently formed in those parts, and might, perhaps, have tempted the envy of Brown to give her a fatal blow, had not the lucky arrival of Tom Jones at this instant put an immediate end to the bloody scene.

Tom Jones had many visitors during his confinement, though some, perhaps, were not very agreeable to him.

However, Jones, though he had enough of the lover and of the heroe too in his disposition, did not resent these slanders as hastily as, perhaps, he ought to have done.

Though Partridge was one of the most superstitious of men, he would hardly perhaps have desired to accompany Jones on his expedition merely from the omens of the joint-stool and white mare, if his prospect had been no better than to have shared the plunder gained in the field of battle.

A short account of Jenny Jones, with the difficulties and discouragements which may attend young women in the pursuit of learning Mrs.

These two began presently to scrutinize the characters of the several young girls who lived in any of those houses, and at last fixed their strongest suspicion on one Jenny Jones, who, they both agreed, was the likeliest person to have committed this fact.